Congratulations! You’re about to make a big transition, from college to work life. You’re about to enter the real world. A new chapter of your life is about to begin. This is also the beginning of endless advice from your friends and family, anecdotes about working a full-time job and tips on surviving 9-5 life. Of course, people tell you this because they care about you and think they can help you make wiser choices based on what they’ve learnt so far. They’re not wrong, but it isn’t necessary that what worked for them will work for you. 

However, we’ve sifted through all this information to curate a list of tried-and-tested ways that will make the shift from college to work a little bit smoother. Here they are: 

Building a routine will help you in the long run

Your parents already told you this when you were a kid, but it’s more than just sleeping and waking up on time. Building a routine is also about creating a work-life balance from the beginning. Many freshers have a tendency to exhaust themselves, work long days, and stay out all night. This isn’t the wisest regime. Remember, you’re going to be working for the rest of your years, so don’t trap yourself in a trend that makes you start hating your work. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Work towards creating an equilibrium. 

Making mistakes is okay

My first internship was in the content department of a social media agency, back when blogging and social media were just taking off. This is where I got my first and most crucial lesson of working in the real world: the person who doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to make anything. I fumbled and faltered every day of the first week and went back feeling a little more disappointed and demotivated than the previous day. On the 8th day, one of my superiors asked how my experience had been so far. When I told him exactly how I felt, he laughed, patted me on the shoulder and said, “If you’re that worried and not enjoying this right now, what are you going to do when you start doing this full time?” That got me. He was right. I had been so focused on my mistakes that I stopped looking for solutions. After that day, I made sure to make mistakes, learn from them, and move on. 

Networking can do wonders if you start now

Network, socialize, mingle, favour the friendly—do it all. Meet and make connections in your industry with as many people as possible. Time will change way you communicate with them, it can’t change how you bond with people. 

Relearn how you learn new things 

Absorb more, read more, learn more but unlearn the way you used to be taught. Don’t let fear of failure or being reprimanded guide your performance. Learn things your own way. Apply them wherever possible. Build on them whenever you get the chance. The idea is to be your own best critic. 

There are no right answers to wrong questions

It’s not about having the right answers or obsessing over the results you want. It’s all about the quality of your questions. Your priorities, your ambitions and passion, your aspirations, all of them are thoughts, so focus on building a thought-process, the overall development of your skill and mind. There’s a lifetime of opportunities for you to earn fame, glory, and riches but, for now, the wisest thing you can do is start asking yourself the questions that’ll matter to you even 20 years down the line. 

Got any tips of your own that you’d like to share with the rest of us? Drop a comment below. 


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